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3 Can’t Miss Shows: Johnny Nobody, Wine Lips, Iceman Special

Johnny Nobody, 8 p.m. May 24, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5.

Johnny Nobody will emerge from its annual hibernation for its first show of the calendar year at its old stomping grounds.

Lockport’s long-running rock trio, a relic of Mohawk Place’s past when acts like the Old Sweethearts, the Sleeping Kings of Iona and other Harvest Sum bands performed to full rooms on a weekly basis, still finds time to dust off the instruments a couple of nights a year for a live performance, often times playing alongside fellow bar-rocking friends Handsome Jack.

The trio’s last music collection, the gritty “Die Like Dogs,” was shared back in 2017 and is a good starting point if you are newly breaking into Buffalo’s music scene.

Fellow Harvest Sum alumnus, the crunchy roots outfit Roger Bryan & the Orphans, as well as psych-pop duo a House Safe for Tigers, will open the show.


Wine Lips, 8 p.m. May 25, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $7.

The Toronto power garage-trio is currently on the road to support its ripping sophomore offering, the hook-heavy “Stressor,” which was shared in February. Fans of riffy rock acts like King Khan, Thin Lizzy and Sheer Mags may have found their new favorite Canadian group.

Joining Wine Lips will be D.C. guitar/drums duo Teen Mortgage. Recalling the early days of noise groups like Japandroids and Wavves, the buzzing pair is currently prepping for the release of its forthcoming cassette “Life/Death.” The five-track is set to drop on June 21 via King Pizza Records.

Local support will be by raucous Buffalo rockers Bold Folly and Rochester blues-rock group the Dirty Pennies.


The Iceman Special, 7 p.m. May 28, Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $7.

Buffalonians struggling to get back to work after a much-needed holiday weekend can ease the comedown in the Cobblestone District with a set from NOLA swap-funk outfit the Iceman Special.

The quartet’s self-titled debut album was shared last year and, like most bands of the genre, seeing the bayou band on stage is the real move. Known for a notorious live product, Iceman Special’s sound is concoction of psych, funk, jam, reggae and prog would fit nicely on a bill alongside fellow NOLA acts like Dr. John and Galactic.

Opening the evening will be Peter More. The Austin musician’s latest effort, the freewheelin’ EP “Shoulder,” was produced by Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and features contributions from Amy Helm.